Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Nectar buckets with tasty structure...
I'd agree, the main reasons these rods aren't getting more love on this forum are the high price point (although Berkies aren't much less and they have a cult following on this board), lack of marketing blitz (if this were a Sage rod, the blitz would be non-stop) and that...name! Horrible. The fit and finish on these rods if simple and Spartan (I like that) and the cork quality and workmanship is the finest in the industry--bar none. I believe I heard Loomis has their own dedicated cork grower and I believe it. The cork almost looks fake, it's so perfect.
That being said, I have the 6129 and my buddy has the 7130. The 6 weight is outstanding--very light in hand (feels like 5 wt) and just a wonderful dry line rod that has a relatively soft tip but tons of power in the butt section. I've got that rod lined with a Nextcast WA 40' head, 480 grain (not a typo) and when hit just right, the line absolutely sails. Rod also casts great with AF 390gr Scandi. It really shines as a dry line rod but you can use skagits on it, just not nearly as fun to cast.
My buddy's 7130 is a much different rod. Stiffer, still light and overall a great rod. Haven't cast it much but he seems to like it.
Just my $0.02
Most people on this board should feel fortunate. We all have big, fat rods AND know how to use them.